Get out of your hotel room, RV or car. See the real Alaska.
We are located 5 miles down a bumpy country dirt road off the highway, back in the woods on the Chakok river.
When you arrive we have a short safety orientation that last about 20 minutes.
It covers basic how to operate these horses, and trail particulars. We also have a hold harmless agreement.
Alaska laws are different than they are in the lower 48.
2 statutes in particular: #1 consenting mature adults should be aware that there is a risk involved with big animals. And that risk is assumed by the person making the choice to be around them.
And #2 Dangerous sports statute: If you want to take risks like helicopter skiing, don't try to sue the helicopter company when you crash and break your leg.
Alaskans value our freedoms, and understand the value of risk, reward, and responsibility.
But those that wont take any risk will never have any peak life experiences. I feel proud to offer this opportunity, and I believe the rewards outweigh the risk.
Once we get mounted and on the trail you can expect to see more scenery and wildlife than you would if you were walking because you are way up on a giant horse, and you can see over the bushes and willows. Our ride will take us through the woods, muskegs, and along the river valley, so you will get a good sample of the country. If we see anything, there is no hurry. We can watch as long as we want because its just us. If you want to take a picture of something that interest you just mention it, if you let your horse stop and put his head in the grass you will get a better picture than trying to catch it on the fly.
Sometimes we see moose and bears down in the river valley at a safe distance, sometimes we see spruce chickens, goshawks, eagles, and northern harriers, We always see beautiful wild scenery that you wont see from the highway.
The Saddles are very comfortable sheepskin lined Boz Saddles, or the most comfortable bareback rigging with pad and stirrups. In fact that rigging is my choice on some of my longer 10 hour rides.
Go to http://www.bozsaddlery.com/ to learn and see videos of this high tech horse gear.
If it threatens to rain we have rain slicker dusters that cover all the way down your legs, and cantle bags on the saddle for water bottles, snacks, and cameras. When we get back after the ride there will be plenty of time to feed carrots and commune with the horses as they wind down and eat grass. I have never been in a hurry to run anybody off too soon.
Don't forget that you are riding a horse in the wilderness of Alaska, tree branches, and bushes may scratch your legs, and mosquitoes will bite your bare ankles and legs as we go in the shady woodsy parts, so opened toe sandals, crocks, shorts or skirt are better for the beach. If its a nice sunny day in July many riders just bring a long sleeved shirt to tie on the saddle when we go into the more shady parts of the trail, and allow their skin to soak up the sun on the open parts.
If you have a head mounted camera like a go pro bring it, I have seen some very nice video shot that way, but its kind of difficult getting good footage from a handheld, while the horses are walking. But that doesn't stop everybody from getting the obligatory wobbly footage of the horse in front of them on their phone.
When you get to Alaska, give me a call at 907 299 2163 to confirm your ride and schedule a time.
I look forward to sharing my horses and neighborhood with you,
ON YOUR TRIP TO ALASKA
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